Asteroids for Atari VCS 2600

Atari 2600 Asteroids


The release of Space Invaders in 1980 and Asteroids in 1981 represents the moment when the Atari VCS 2600 transformed from a Pong console to a home arcade system. From that point, the Atari 2600 was the go-to console for those seeking arcade action while the Intellivision dominated the market for sports, strategy and head-to-head two-player games. Any Atari 2600 collection is simply not complete without Asteroids, and as you collect Atari cartridges you’ll probably wind up with multiple copies from lots bought on eBay and elsewhere. It’s little surprise to anyone that Atari 2600 Asteroids differs significantly from its arcade predecessor. The Atari 2600 Asteroids graphics were not as crisp as the Asteroids arcade graphics. The broken asteroids do not fly out at the kind of near-unavoidable angles they did in the arcade; an effective strategy in many variations is to simply stay in the middle and blast the rocks on the left and right, a luxury the original did not offer. However, the 66 game variations still offer enough challenge to create a gameplay experience you will likely enjoy for years. If you want a game closest to arcade Asteroids, set your difficulty setting to “A”, which offers UFOs, and select a game variation with fast asteroids. Bottom line: Atari 2600 Asteroids is a awesome game that you will enjoy playing.

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